Yippee! It’s TODAY, my favourite day!! “What, why?!” I hear you ask.
It’s group meditation day!
I love how I feel after a meditation; I remember my connection to life, to the oneness. Colours shine and my world becomes manageable again. I have used meditation practices for decades and following Dylan’s breakdown he was encouraged to use mindfulness meditation as part of his recovery. Dylan & I have been speaking about sharing mediation with others. Since life always conspires in our favour, we were unexpectedly invited to give a workshop on Mindfulness & Consciousness next weekend. Today Dylan will be leading our first group meditation as a rehearsal for the workshop.
Mindfulness meditation changes lives, bodies & minds
Studies on the effect of regular mindfulness meditation practice have shown significant benefits for concentration, stress management and emotional regulation. Mindfulness therapy has been shown to be as effective as medication for the prevention of relapse in depression. The benefits are not limited to the psycho-emotional realm; meditation also aids with pain management and provides protection against heart disease and brain ageing. The beauty is that mindfulness meditation requires no special skill and is not limited to any age group. Even tiny children can learn mindfulness and since the benefits are cumulative over time it is great to start early!
But what is mindfulness exactly, isn’t it ‘spiritually’ dangerous?
Mindfulness has no religious or spiritual connection. Mindfulness is simply the process of purposefully paying attention, without judgement, to the present moment. Pausing in the busyness, a mindfulness exercise can take many forms; a quiet focus on the swirl of the coffee in a mug, a silent walk along the beach or a seated breath meditation. A mindful moment can be taken anywhere; sitting in traffic, eating a meal, or even in a meeting when you feel yourself drifting away.
How can you be mindful, right now, at this very moment?
Wait, don’t go…I have something else to tell you….
Dylan Murray is an International Mindfulness Coach. In 2017 he suffered a complete mental and emotional breakdown that lead to him leaving his business and making a commitment to a healthier way of life. This ‘breakthrough’ as he now calls it, ignited a passion in him to lift the mental health stigma and educate people on preventative mental health practices such as mindfulness. He is on a mission to assist men & women under significant levels of stress in their lives or work, to shift from extreme stress into health and avert the risk of breakdown or suicide. If you are interested in learning more about his coaching, contact Dylan directly.
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